Monthly Archives: August 2015

Erin and Patricia with Enstrom Almond Toffee – Sun. Aug. 30, 2015

Patricia arrived today bearing gifts. She brought boxes of both light and dark chocolate almond toffee from Enstrom, a candy store in Denver. She also brought some solid chocolate critters which her son Tom purchased at Enstrom for Erin. (See photo below.)

Patricia has come out for the Regional in Santa Clara which she, Clark, and I are going to on Wed. morning. Colleen is coming out from Boulder Tuesday evening to stay with Erin for the week. Patricia and I played bridge today.

This evening we went to dinner at Roma’s Pizzeria. When we got home, Patricia helped me to dig a well around a dogwood tree which looks like it is dying. I have been throwing shower water on it for several weeks, and the soil is finally loose enough that some of the water seems to be penetrating.

Patricia rehearsed Erin with words which we have written on flash cards. These are words which Erin has grappled with in conversation during the past couple of weeks. Tonight Erin could quickly read apple, cheese, peach, tortilla, bed, bridge, glasses , horse, and Clark. She stumbled and said something similar to avocado. But for beans she could only say “be”. She said it was her favorite food. So, she could recognize the meaning of the word, but couldn’t say it.


Patricia having her first IT’s – IT – Sun. Aug. 30, 2015

Tonight Patricia had her first ever It’s It. I first heard of them 40-45 years ago when my in-laws sold them at their deli in Fort Bragg. They are made in San Francisco, yet several people in my social bridge group had never had one until I served them last month at bridge.


Erin with Chocolate Critters – Sun. Aug. 30, 2015

Erin is holding yummy solid white and milk chocolate candies from her cousin Tom which Patricia brought today. They were from Enstrom candies in Denver.


Brandon blowing out candles as Joleen watches – Sat. Aug. 22, 2015

Brandon is shown blowing out candles on the ice cream cake which Lisa made. Joleen (Lisa’s Mom and Brandon’s mother-in-law) watches. It was a delightful evening to eat outside.

Erin Beck Brandon – Sat. Aug. 22, 2015

Today was Brandon’s birthday. Lisa had us and her folks over for a birthday dinner for which Brandon cooked barbecued asparagus, steaks, and salmon. That was the 5th time that I had salmon this week. His was much more tender than the 2 restaurant salmons and the 2 home cooked microwave salmons that I had earlier in the week.
Erin had slept most of the day, so I was pleased that she rallied and went with us.

Dinner with nephew John – Mon. Aug. 17, 2015

Steve & Janet Keeter Ron & Ginny Haynes Ralph & Joan Smith John Zavadil Barb & Clark (Janet and Ginny are my sister Joan’s daughters.)

My nephew John Zavadil (son of my sister Patricia) who lives in Albuquerque was in Livermore today on business. My niece Janet organized dinner with him at Handle’s in the Pleasanton Hotel. Erin was supposed to go with us, but she was too exhausted from the boys’ visit and from a change in medication, so she elected to stay home. Brother Brandon checked in on her on his way home from work and found her on the floor. He came back again at 8:30 and she was fine.

We thought that we would have heavy traffic, but we left here at 3:30 and went via 5 to 205 to 580 and got there in an hour and 40 min with time to browse at the nearby “San Francisco Outlets” in Livermore. Pleasanton has a charming old Main Street.


Tommy in Minneapolis – Mon. Aug. 15, 2015

Just received this photo from Steve. Steve says Tommy loves escalators and moving sidewalks. Barbara